• Boeing to award F-15C Legion Pod contract before end of year

    Boeing expects to award Lockheed Martin a full development and production contract before the end of the year for the integration of the Legion Pod onto the F-15C Eagle combat aircraft, a senior official told Jane’s on 22 March. The modular infrared search-and-track (IRST) sensor package has

  • USMC to upgrade Hornets with new AESA radar

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to replace the radars of its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornets with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 20 March calls for a new AESA system to replace the incumbent

  • BAE Systems gets USD97 million US Army order for ENVG III/FWS-I

    Key Points US Army budget request seeks USD153.643 million for night vision devices BAE Systems received a five-year contract in 2015 for ENVG III/FWS-I devices The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a USD97 million contract for a combined order of Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) IIIs and Family

  • Philippine Navy commissions second donated TC-90 aircraft

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has inducted a second TC-90 aircraft it received from Japan Airframe will improve the service’s aerial maritime surveillance capabilities The Philippine Navy has commissioned another Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft from Japan. The aircraft, which was

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

  • DARPA kicks off CASE cyber resiliency programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently kicked off its Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) programme, with the aim of building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level. CASE was announced by DARPA last year. It will investigate how cyber-security

  • US lining up Huey II simulator for Kenya

    The US Army is carrying out market research to find the best way to procure a flight training device (FTD) for Kenya’s Bell Huey II helicopters and possibly a second for Uganda. A notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 March said the requirement is for a contractor

  • LCS Coastal Mine Reconnaissance module completes developmental testing

    The Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) programme successfully completed developmental testing (DT) recently off the coast of southern California aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-class version of the LCS. “This

  • IARPA seeks to improve how raw data is analysed

    Key Points Efforts include detecting events, building 3D models, and geotagging imagery The USAF is the recipient of much of IARPA’s efforts The increasing demand for analysis of raw audio, imagery, and video data is leading the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) to

  • Draper technology could extend sensor life

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Draper) has developed a sensor chip that activates only when it detects an acoustic signal or vibration, thus eliminating the need for a microphone and requiring less power to operate. By redesigning the sensor as a microelectromechanical system (MEMS), Draper

  • CSIRO, QinetiQ to collaborate on advanced CO2-capturing technology for RAN’s Future Submarines

    Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has joined forces with defence technology company QinetiQ on a project that aims to enable submarines to stay submerged longer through the use of an advanced crystal technology called

  • New details emerge on Nulka ADAP programme

    Key Points The Nulka Advanced Decoy Architecture Program payload upgrade is intended to field an improved decoy as a rapid deployment capability Harris has been funded by the US NRL to develop the payload New information has been disclosed on the development and accelerated acquisition of an

  • PacStar and Fidelis introduce cyber solution for mobile forces

    PacStar and Fidelis Cybersecurity have developed an integrated cybersecurity capability for tactical networks. The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System provides automated detection and response for protecting in-theatre communications. The system can be mounted in a vehicle or set up in

  • USAF leads development of flexible hybrid electronics

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has partnered with NextFlex to develop the first functional samples of flexible Arduino circuit boards that could be integrated into sensor systems that are curved, such as wearable devices. Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) are essential in the

  • New York Air National Guard assesses DB-110 for MQ-9 UAV

    The New York Air National Guard has completed an operational assessment of UTC’s DB-110 airborne reconnaissance system aboard the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The assessment, conducted by the 174th Attack Wing at the Syracuse, New York Air National Guard Base, examined the

  • UK seeks enhanced JFST

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for its next-generation Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) late February and has invited six companies to bid for the programme, which is expected to be worth between GBP20 million and GBP80 million (USD27 million and USD110

  • US Army issues multi-award contract for DCGS-A

    Key Points Contract has a ceiling value of USD875 million Delivery order 1 was awarded concurrently with the IDIQ, and will support a competitive test-fix-test phase Raytheon and Palantir Technologies have each been awarded contracts from the US Army for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • Jordan and Qatar to acquire DB-110 recon pods

    Jordan and Qatar are to procure the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) DB-110 Tactical Reconnaissance Pod (TRP) to carry aboard their frontline combat aircraft fleets, it was disclosed on 5 March. Both countries were named in a US Department of Defense (DoD) USD51.2 million contract modification

  • Singapore outlines new measures to boost military cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is set to roll out a raft of measures in 2018 to improve the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) ability to deal with cyber-attacks. Defence minister Ng Eng Hen revealed during a parliamentary debate in early March that senior MINDEF and SAF

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